If you don’t know it, the Mormon Church has a curious habit (tradition? doctrine? what would it be called?) of baptizing dead people as Mormons posthumously. This is the subject of a blog called Famous Dead Mormons (tag line = “Saved After Death, whether willing or not.”). Apparently baptizing famous people became a bit of a “fad” in the 1990s Think of it, perhaps, as a Mormon “prank.”
Believe if or not, infamously outspoken hater of religion George Carlin is now, that’s right, a Mormon in the afterlife. I’m sure this will be news to him. (Can you imagine his reaction to this???)
Name: GEORGE DENIS PATRICK CARLIN
Birth: 12 May 1937 Manhattan, New York County, New York, United States
Death: 22 June 2008 Santa Monica, Los Angeles, California, United States
Baptism Completed, 14 August 2010, Columbia South Carolina Temple
Confirmation Completed, 26 August 2010, Provo Utah Temple
Initiatory Completed, 8 September 2010, Jordan River Utah Temple
Mormon temples across America have also claimed The Breakfast Club director John Hughes, sportscaster Harry “Holy Cow!” Caray, Nancy Spungen, the great Welsh actor and drunk, Richard Burton, Frank Zappa, George Orwell and Truman Capote as their own. Here’s a jaw-dropper: dead rapper and drug dealer Eazy-E is now a Mormon, too. Hilarious!
Jewish groups were outraged to find that Adolf Hitler and Eva Braun appeared on LDS “genealogical” records. Heinrich Himmler’s name was also submitted for baptism. In 1995 an agreement was made to “un-baptize” 300,000 Jewish names, many of them Holocaust victims. In 2008, after he secured the Democratic Party’s nomination, President Barack Obama’s dead mother, Stanley Ann Dunham—who passed away in 1995—was baptized posthumously.
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